Vodafone users in Swindon have been warned ahead of a major change set to take place next month.

The mobile network is set to turn off its 3G network from February.

It means that more radio spectrum can be used to strengthen 4G and 5G services in the area.

But users on older devices that cannot get 4G signal will be affected, and will not be able to access mobile data.

The company’s 2G network will continue to be used for calls and texts.

“Our 3G switch-off programme has gone extremely well in other parts of the country so far,” said Vodafone’s UK Chief Network Officer, Andrea Dona.

“As a result of our ongoing network improvements, data traffic has declined over the last few years with less than 2 per cent of the data used on our network being on 3G. 

“This means we can start to redeploy its remaining spectrum to our 4G and 5G services, ultimately leading to stronger and faster coverage for more parts of the UK. 

“With modern networks being much more energy efficient, its retirement is also an important step forward for us reaching Net Zero for our UK operation by 2027,” she added.